Germany’s Population hits 83 million, following influx of refugees


At 82.8 million, the number of people living in Germany at the end of 2016 was a new record for the country, the Federal Statistical Office in Wiesbaden reported on Friday. There were some 600,000 people more in Germany at the end of 2016 than at the end of 2015, Naija247news reports.

Previously, 2002 was the year with the highest population in Germany. Officials counted 82.5 million people living in the country as the year wrapped up.

Without the uptick in inward migration that began in 2012, the country’s population would have decreased, the report indicated. In 2015 and 2016, more than a million people sought refuge in Germany, mainly fleeing conflicts in the Middle East. In 2016, 750,000 more people migrated to Germany than departed. That was fewer than the 1.1 million person difference for 2015.

Births increase, deaths remain constant

2016 also saw a slight increase in live births in comparison to the previous year, with between 730,000 and 770,000 children estimated to have been born in 2016. The number of deaths, however, remained similar to that of 2015 at around 900,000 to 940,000, resulting in a slight birth deficit of around 150,000 to 190,000 for 2016.


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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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